British Council South India. Over five Lakh international students are pursuing higher education in the UK at present. Speaking to TOI on the issue of employability in the UK post studies, Barker said, “Last year, 6,000 students were transferred from study visa to post-study work visa. Also, 28,000 companies in the UK have been licensed to sponsor students. There are many ways through which students can remain in the UK. As with everything else, there is competition. But we are confident that if an Indian student comes to the UK, he/she is the brightest of the lot.” The ‘GREAT’ scholarships were formally flagged off by the British Council that continues its tradition of investment in the talent pool from India. The council has launched scholarships as a part of the campaign ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ that intends to create awareness amongst the aspiring Indian students to the UK regarding scope of education in Britain.
Elaborating on the initiatives to encourage studies in the UK for Indian students, Barker added that the council aims to facilitate the opportunities for global education in the UK. Cost of education is a big factor for several students and by offering scholarships the council aims to enable students to secure education opportunities which they otherwise would not be able to avail, explained Barker.
The campaign will offer 29 scholarships for undergraduate students and 169 scholarships for postgraduate students for the admission to the academic session for 2017 September. Totally 198 scholarships worth 1 million pounds each will be offered to the students who intend to pursue diverse courses in streams ranging from design to art and management, law and engineering at 40 universities in the UK.
Interested students can seek guidance through the British council while applying for a course admission or directly apply to the universities. In the period for last ten years, more than 160, 000 students from India have studied in the UK. The council also offers in the year 2016-17 the Indian initiative of the scholarships program has become the largest in the world with an allocation of 130 scholarships worth 2.6 million pounds.
Mei-kwei Barker also added that there are vast opportunities in India as well for students who return to India after their studies in the UK. The students who return to India would hopefully bring home the advantage of the international learning experience and outlook added Barker.